Apparently, on Monday, Harry Kane was supposed to be back for preliminary training at the Tottenham Hotspur facilities but Kane never showed up, so what does that mean?
Harry Kane missing what was to be the first day of training in his preparation for the summer is a big deal. Anytime someone does not show up to work there are likely to be consequences, especially in a no-call, no-show situation. However, Harry Kane is not a teenager flipping burgers, nor was he stranded on a desert island unable to communicate.
Clearly, the entire point of the no-show was about communicating his displeasure with the club and desire to leave, however, with that second point, it takes two to tango.
The Problem is City, not Tottenham
If Manchester City had lodged any kind of big in the last month then maybe the idea of ‘striking’ makes sense. There is a bid, take the bid, and Kane can move on. However, therein lies the problem, there is no bid.
Instead of working to negotiate to sign Harry Kane, for the last two weeks, we have heard about a £100 million bid for Jack Grealish. There is no doubting Grealish’s talent and he is only 25, but with 34 combined goals and assists in 96 Premier League matches, that price changes the market. If Grealish is worth £100 million, then Kane is probably closer to £200 million.
Just last season, Kane had 37 combined goals in assists in 35 matches in the Premier League. With more production in a season than Grealish has had in his career at the top level Kane’s value is just exponentially higher.
There was supposedly a £100 million and players bid for Kane earlier in the summer but instead of starting negotiations that seemed to have been a take-it-or-leave-it kind of offer.
At the time, it seemed pretty clear, Spurs were leaving that offer and that was that, until Monday when Kane did not show up.
In the absence of any actual transfer proposals, Kane’s absence from training just seems plain strange. At this point, all the talisman is going to do is upset anyone and everyone involved with Tottenham. And the more he upsets people involved with the club, the less likely it becomes he is going to get the move, he seemingly wants.
Kane and City both need to step up if they want a transfer from Tottenham
If Kane wants the move, he needs to step up and show up and say that is what he wants. Just as important Manchester City needs to step up and pay up. Absent at least £120+Laporte or just at least £150 cash, do not expect Tottenham to sell.
Spurs have Kane on a contract for a further three years at a weekly wage it takes most people three years to make. A £150 million valuation is still a deal given what he has done and brings to the table. This is not unreasonable, it is business.
For now, Harry Kane is not going anywhere and until something significant changes – like a legitimate transfer offer – he is not going to.